Friday, June 17, 2016

UPDATED: Everything Orlandoans can do to give and receive help after Pulse shooting

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 4:55 PM

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In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Pulse early Sunday, many people are still eager to show their support and help those affected by this tragedy.

We have a full list of vigils and memorial events here.  

Below we have a cumulative list of ways for you to help, places that are offering help, as well as information for you to get help if needed.  

We will be updating this list as we get new information.
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  • Photo vi Rachel Hoyle
Show Your Support for Victims

There are two GoFundMe pages for collecting donations. Equality Florida's page has raised over $4 million, all of which will go directly to the victim's and their families. 

The second is the official GoFundMe page being managed by the Center, MBA, Hope and Help, Two Spirit Health, Zebra Coalition, Rollins and other various GLBT organizations in Central Florida, which has raised over $350k of their $500k goal. 

You can also volunteer to help by filling out this form. City staff will contact you as soon as possible to let you know where your services will be helpful.

The City of Orlando has created the OneOrlando Fund to help Pulse victims' families. 

Planting Peace, an LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit, has started a CrowdRise to help raise money to cover victims' medical and funeral costs. So far, they have raised over $35k.

CrowdRise has also launched a relief fund for both the victims of the Pulse shooting and those working to address inequality and gun safety regulations. 
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  • Photo via Chris Rodriguez
Eat or drink at one of these local places 


4 Rivers Smokehouse For the first time ever, the restaurant will be open on a Sunday. The Winter Park location will be open Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the OneOrlando Fund.

In Winter Park, the owners of 310 Lakeside, 310 Park South, 310 Nona and blu on the avenue will donate 20 percent of all proceeds from their Sunday, June 19, brunch service (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) to the staff of Pulse through the Employees of Pulse GoFundMe.

Friendly Confines will have an all-day event, hosted by Vaudeville Central Florida Improv & Performing Arts, on Saturday, June 18, at the S. Orange Ave. location. All proceeds collected will be donated to Equality Florida and all tips collected by the Friendly Confines staff will be matched by the restaurant's owner and donated the Pulse Nightclub employees.

Cigar City Brewing will start the Let's Get Beers Together Session IPA next week at different locations throughout Orlando like Will's Pub, The Hammered Lamb and more. All of the proceeds will go to the OneOrlando Fund. A dollar from every beer sold in the tasting room from Friday to Sunday will go to the OneOrlando Fund. Also, their distributor, Florida Distributing, will donate all of the proceeds from the keg sales.

KrungThep Tea Time will be giving all of their profits to the GoFundMe account set up by Equality Florida until Friday, June 17.  

Sus Hi Eatstation From now through Saturday, June 18, 100 percent of their profits, from both UCF and Altamonte Springs locations, will be donated to the GoFundMe Pulse Victims Fund created by Equality Florida. They will also be accepting monetary donations.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando will host a special event titled Bailamos Unidos (We Dance United) on Saturday, June 18, from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. All proceeds from the night’s cover charge will go directly to the OneOrlando Fund to support the needs of the Orlando community in the wake of the tragic events that occurred at Pulse Nightclub. Monetary donations to the OneOrlando Fund will also be accepted at the door. The event will feature DJs spinning merengue, salsa, bachata, and Latin open format music. Cover charge will be $12 for men, and women are free before 11 p.m. with a $10 cover charge after this time.

Pincho Factory will donate 15 percent of all sales from this week to support victims of the tragedy from now to Sunday, June 19.

Jeremiah's Italian Ice will donate 100 percent of all net profits on Monday, June 20, at all 14 Central Florida locations. 

Spice Modern Steakhouse will donate all proceeds from June 21's sales to the OneOrlando Fund and Verde Cantina will donate all proceeds from June 22's sales to the OneOrlando Fund. See more at orlandoloves.com.

Wildside BBQ Bar & Grille will donate all proceeds from their "One City" burger to the victims and families of the shooting. 

Dine Out for Orlando United will take place June 30. Florida restaurants, their guests and employees will donate time and money by donating a portion of their sales, collecting donations or some similar way. All proceeds will go to the OneOrlando Fund. So far, Beefy King, Tijuana Flats, Marlow's Tavern, Cask & Larder and more are participating.

Food Truck Bazaar On Friday, June 17, the trucks will gather in St. Cloud and on Saturday, June 18, they will be in Sanford. Many trucks are donating percent of profits.

La Empanada Truck will donate 20 percent of sales from events this weekend to Equality Florida's GoFundMe. They'll be at Will's Pub Friday and Saturday nights as well as at the Sanford Food Truck Bazaar on Saturday.

Up in Smoke BBQ food truck will donate 100 percent of profit from Saturday's Sanford Food Truck Bazaar to the OneOrlando fund. Gordon Food Service has partnered with Up in Smoke to donate meat, so net profits will be higher.

Chicken Waffle Grill food truck will donate 20 percent of sales from events this weekend.

The Abbey is raising money for the Pulse employees. On Tuesday, June 21, they will host a Keep Dancing Orlando event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All of the sales from Tito's Vodka, Corona, Corona Light, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois will be donated to the Pulse employees. Also, 10 percent of the additional bar sales will go to the Pulse employees too.

Bad As's Sandwich food truck will donate 20 percent of sales from the Saturday, June 18, Food Truck Bazaar in Sanford to Equality Florida's GoFundMe.

Club Revere is having a benefit night on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge but they are asking for a $5 donation at the door. All donations and profit from drink sales will go to the OneOrlando Fund.

The Geek Easy will host a benefit night on Saturday, June 18, with live music, prize raffles, spoken word and more. All of the proceeds will go to the victims. People willing to donate can also do so online through this GoFundMe

Treehouse Truck will donate 100 percent of proceeds from sales on Sunday, June 19, to the OneOrlando Fund. They will be serving from noon-2 p.m. at Cast Iron Tattoo on Orange Avenue. Cast Iron Tattoo will be offering tattoos for a $100 donation and piercings for a $30 donation, with 100 percent of donations going to the National Compassion Fund or a charity of equal status.

Sweet City Gelato will donate 10 percent of profits and all of their tips to One Orlando Fund through the end of June. 

ORL Food Lab
 On Tuesday, June 28, the ORL Food Lab event at the East End Market will be a fundraiser to support the OneOrlando Fund. The event is free to attend but donations are appreciated. 

CaddyShanks will have a happy hour, benefitting the OneOrlando Fund, at the UCF location on Tuesday, June 21, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated.

Rock & Brews Oviedo is donating 30 percent of the restaurant's total sales on Tuesday, June 21, to the Pulse employees. The staff is donating their tips from the day. There will also be a silent auction.

Juice Bar is donating 100 percent of their sales on Monday, June 20, to the OneOrlando fund.

Restaurant Ash and the Funky Monkey Bistro are donating 20 percent of their total sales on Thursday, June 30, to the OneOrlando fund.

Nova Restaurant will be hosting a fundraiser on Monday, June 20. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the OneOrlando fund. 

STK will be featuring the "Orlando Pride" cocktail in which net proceeds will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund at all of their locations. STK and The ONE Group will also be collecting donations from their employees. 

Clicks Billiards and Sports Pub will be hosting a fundraising event for the employees of Pulse on Friday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. All tips will be donated, and they will be raffling Orlando City tickets and Clicks gift cards. They ask that people wear red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple shirts to show their support. 

Ain't Missbehavin Sports and Tiki Bar will be hosting a fundraiser for Pulse Employees on Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. There will be a pool tournament and raffles throughout, and all the proceeds will go to Pulse and its employees. They will also be accepting donations every day until the event. 

The Sanctum Café is offering its Karma Bowl (usually $9) for $5 throughout the month of June, and donating proceeds to the GoFundMe account. 

Sugar Daddy Bakery is offering Pulse Cupcakes, profits of which will all go to EqualityFlorida. If you're interested, they ask that you order the cupcakes 24 hours in advance, since the cupcakes are baked fresh to order. Also, on June 30, they will be donating 10 percent of all coffee sales to Dine Out for Orlando United.  


Support from the Local Music Community

All of the door proceeds from the Swept/Knick-Knacks/Dumberbunnies/Zig-Zags show at the Spacebar on Thursday, June 16th, will be donated to the families of victims of the shootings.

On  Thursday, June 16th, Joyful Music Therapy will host Music Speaks for Orlando, a free music therapy event with drumming and meditation. Event starts at 7 p.m. 

On Friday, June 17th, there will be a benefit show at the Copper Rocket with performances from Jonathan Hortan/Davey Leatherwood/Kristin Grice/Raspberry Pie/69 Fingers/Cover Girls/Darko Grey/Luke Wagner & the Bootleg Brothers and more TBA. All of the door money will be donated to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

On Saturday, June 18th, there will be another benefit show at the Copper Rocket, this time with performances from Blonk, the Dealers, Gary Lazer Eyes, Chris Perkins, and Underhill. All of the proceeds and 15 percent of the bar sales will go to the victims and their families. Tickets are $5 at the door. 

The Local Florida DJ Community has set up a LiveStream to take place from 10 a.m. on June 18 to 1 a.m. on June 19. For more information, check out their Facebook Event Page.

On June 18th, Friendly Confines IV will be hosting a series of events all-day to raise money for the victim's families and the employees of Pulse. All of the money received at this event will be donated to Equality Florida and all the tips collected at the event by staff of Friendly Confines will be matched and donated to the employees of Pulse. Event starts at 11 a.m.

On Tuesday, June 21st, Cox Media Group along with WFTV Channel 9, WRDQ-TV27 and the CFE Arena will host a benefit concert starting at 8 p.m.  K92.3's Country Strong will present performances by Cole Swindell/Easton Corbin/Billy Currington/Parmalee/Maddie & Tae/Tyler Farr/Canaan Smith/Michael Ray and more TBA. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. Buy them from TicketMaster, the CFE Arena Box Office,by calling 800-745-3000, from K92.3, or from WFTV.

Orlando Love is an all-day benefit show for Pulse Victims on Sunday June 26th at Haven on Forsyth from 2-11pm. Performances by Auditory Armory, Kill the Sound, Filth, Traverser, Blaine the Mono, Sunshine & Bullets, the Glorious Rebellion, Traverser, Burning Fair Verona. Tickets are $5 at the door, all proceeds from door and prize raffles will go to Equality Florida.

A collaboration of demos by Orlando and Central Florida artists has been put together in City Beautiful: A Compilation for Pulse. All proceeds from the comp serve as donations to The Center Orlando.

On Thursday, June 23rd, The Winter Park Playhouse will host a benefit concert with proceeds going towards the OneOrlandoFund. The concert will start at 7:00 p.m. and will feature performances by Roy Alan/Andrea Canny/Sam Forrest/ Heather Alexz and many others. Tickets are $25.

American Legion Post 19 and Squadron 19 are hosting a free concert to bring the community together on June 26 at noon. Donations will be taken at the door. 5320 Alloway St., Orlando

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  • Photo via Chris Rodriguez
Blood Donations

These are some known locations that are still open for donations. However, people are being highly encouraged to go online to OneBlood and make an appointment for later in the week to donate, due to long lines and low supplies.

Asbury United Methodist Church Bloodmobile, 220 W. Horatio Ave., Maitland

Apopka Donor Center, 131 North Park Ave, Apopka

AMC 18 Altamonte Mall, 433 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs

St. Luke's United Methodist Church Bloodmobile, 4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road

Orlando Main Donor Center, 8669 Commodity Circle, Orlando

Oviedo Donor Center, 1954 W. State Road 426, Oviedo

Metro Church Bloodmobile, 1491 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs
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  • Photo via Chris Rodriguez
Businesses and Services That Have Offered Support

Jetblue has offered free flights to the immediate families of victims. You must speak with a representative of the airline, as this offer is not available online. If you call and the representative you speak with is not aware of the offer, ask to speak with Customer Solutions and they should be able to help you. Call 1-800-538-2583.

Alaska Airlines will provide free flights on Alaska for the immediate family members and spouses or domestic partners of those killed or injured. Call 1-800-327-2755.

Delta Airlines will provide free flights on Delta for the immediate family members and designated loved ones of those killed or injured. Delta Cargo is also coordinating with local funeral homes and Eagle's Wings to waive all Delta transportation fees for the deceased. 

There are also individuals offering rental properties for the victims' families free of charge, one of whom is AirBnB SuperHost Christian West Howard. For further information, contact him through his Facebook page

Orlando Family Physicians are offering free medical services to any of the 53 injured in the shooting that may not have health insurance to cover their expenses. All those interested need to call one of the offices to schedule an appointment and identify themselves as one of the injured. 

These are the following offices in Orlando:

1130 S. Semoran Boulevard, Suite B&C, 407-382-1376

810 N. Nowell Street, 407-290-9556

7200 Curry Ford Road, 407-587-7552

Find other offices in the surrounding area here.

Ms. Andry's Bath House is selling a Pride Sugar Scrub, of which 100 percent of its purchase price will go toward Equality Florida's Go Fund Me. The scrub sells for $12.

Florida College of Integrative Medicine will offer free auricular treatments with a focus on post-trauma and PTSD on Saturday, June 18 during their Free Community Clinic Event. 

In Bloom is donating all funeral flowers to the families of the victims of the Pulse shooting. 

On June 18th, all Atomic Tattoo locations will donate 100 percent of all proceeds from Pulse memorial tattoos to the victims and families. '

Jesse D. Rowe of Van Digenen Law is offering free legal services to any of the victims or families of victims that were employed at Pulse. He is strictly handling claims for workers' compensation benefits.

Reach him at 407-629-4679, 1-800-WORKERS, 407-WORKERS, or at JRowe@VanDingenenLaw.com 

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is offering free admission to anyone that was involved in the events of last week. The offer is open to law enforcement officials, first responders, survivors and their families, and the families of the victims.

AIGA's Orlando chapter will be hosting Love By Design, a fundraising event to help the victims of the Pulse shooting. The event will take place on Saturday, June 25, from 2-8 p.m. You'll be able to purchase art, posters and other donated merchandise, as well as enjoy live music and listen to speakers from the LGBTQ and Muslim communities. Entrance to this event is free. 


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Funeral, and religious services are being offered 

Metro Church in Winter Springs has offered the use of their building and services free of charge to any of the families who need a place for services or memorials.
1491 E S.R. 434, Winter Springs, 407-366-7714

Northland Church in Longwood is providing funerals for those killed at the Pulse. No charge for our facilities or clerical and worship support that is needed. Contact Sharon Ferreira: 407-949-7189 or sharon.ferreira@northlandchurch.net.

College Park United Methodist Church has also offered free funeral services or facilities or anything that the families of the victims need in that regard. 644 W. Princeton St., 407-843-7197

Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Cox-Parker Funeral Home and Collison Carey Hand Funeral are offering the use of facilities for funeral or memorial services at no charge. In addition, Highland Memory Gardens will be offering preselected burial or cremation spaces at no charge. For more information please contact one of the funeral homes or the cemetery listed below.

Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home
2811 Curry Ford Road 1350 West Fairbanks Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806 Winter Park, FL 32789, Phone: 407-898- 2561 Phone: 407-647- 1942

Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home Highland Memory Gardens
1148 East Plant Street 3329 East Semoran Boulevard, Winter Garden, FL 34787 Apopka, FL 32703, Phone: 407-877- 6700 Phone: 407-869- 1188

First Congregational Church of Winter Park are offering their space for support gatherings, services of remembrance, pastoral/spiritual support, or whatever else may be needed at this time. 225 S. Interlachen Avenue, Winter Park, Phone: 407-647-2416

Pershing Avenue Christian Church are happy to offer free funeral services for any victims. Contact Lynzie Wheeler at 407-413-7230 if you have any questions. 2000 E. Pershing Avenue, Orlando, Phone: 407-859-0840, Email: admin@paccorlando.org.

Orlando Weekly has offered free obituaries for victims' families. Contact Jerrica Schwartz at jschwartz@orlandoweekly.com for more information

Zach Briggs is offering his service as a bagpiper for the funeral services of any of the victims of the shooting free of charge. Contact him at  714-686-7793, or at zachbriggs@yahoo.com

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Counseling

These are some of the various organizations that have reached out to offer counseling services for those who were affected by the shooting.

UnitedHealth Group has opened their mental-health counseling help lines to anyone insured or not. 866-342-6892 

GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, First Unitarian Church, 1901 E. Robinson St., Mon-Wed 10 a.m - 7 p.m.
Emergency Hotlines in both English and Spanish: 
407-822-5036, 407- 228-1446

The Zebra Coalition has also set up a hotline, which you can call at 407- 228-1446. 

For UCF Students:  

Pride Commons will reopen Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and group counseling will be available from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. daily.

The Trevor Project hotline is there to talk to LGBTQ youth and anyone else who wants to talk to someone. Reach out to them at 866-488-7386.

The National GLBT Center has a national hotline, a youth talk-line and online chat. Dial 888-843-4564 to reach their national hotline.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available to talk as well. Call 800-273-8255.

Vanessa Leigh and her facility Choices Counseling Center are offering free mental health counseling for anyone affected by the shooting. 

Acupuncturists Without Borders 
is offering a free 30-minute, community-style treatment which can help people sleep better and feel calm. It will be offered June 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stonewall Bar Orlando and on June 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Florida College of Integrative Medicine.
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  • Photo via Rachel Hoyle
Help for Victims' Pets

Animal organizations have gotten together to help care for victims' pets, and if you know of an animal affected by the Pulse shooting, these are a few places to reach out for help. 

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,  407-418-0906

The Pixel Fund, contact through Facebook

Pookie Bros. Pet Sitting, 407-834-6464

Winter Park Lost Pets, contact through Facebook

Melanie Rollman, Pet Sitter and organizer of Conway Critters Facebook group, 407-222-8133 

No Claws For Worry Pet Care, 407-251-0131

Florida Parrot Rescue, flparrotrescue@aol.com

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